One of the best parts about living in Maple Ridge is its expanse of green space. Maple Ridge offers great outdoor activities and this access to nature is one reason as to why it is such a great place to live. The city has done an excellent job in providing its residents with a wide range of public parks and Maple Ridge is blessed to sit right on the border of one of the provinces most beautiful provincial parks – Golden Ears Provincial Park. Here is a more in-depth look at some of the city’s parks and trails as well as a more detailed description of Golden Ears.
Memorial Peace Park
Memorial Peace Park is located in the downtown core of Maple Ridge and is host to many of the city’s community festivals and events. The park is used for movie sets, weddings, musical performances, a Farmer’s Market as well as many other special events. In addition to hosting a wide range of events, the park also provides a great open green space, picnic area, and bandstand and is wheelchair accessible.
Although there are far too many parks located in the city to list, here are a few of the more popular parks in Maple Ridge.
Maple Ridge Park
Located on the shores of the Alouette River, Maple Ridge Park offers an expanse of mature forest with a wide array of local flora and fauna. Every fall, the Alouette River is home to a large population of spawning Pink and Chum salmon. In addition to a great outdoor experience, Maple Ridge Park also is home to the Kinsmen Spray Park. The spray park is open to the public and is weather dependent. Maple Ridge Park provides a great picnic area complete with picnic shelters, washrooms and is wheelchair accessible.
Golden Ears Provincial Park
Golden Ears Provincial Park is one of the largest parks in the province and offers an extensive system of trails and outdoor recreational opportunities. Located within the park, Alouette Lake is a great place to swim, canoe and fish. The park also houses three unique campgrounds which are all equipped with full services.
In addition to camping, Golden Ears has a vast trail network for horseback riding as well as bicycles and offers cross-country skiing trails in the winter.
Maple Ridge Trail Network
The trails in and around Maple Ridge are some of the best places in the entire province to see wildlife and offer breathtaking views. The trails range from beginner to advanced and present endless opportunities for outdoor adventure.
The Trans-Canada Trail is one of the great hikes available in Maple Ridge. This famous trail is the longest in the world and spans over 16 000 km. You can enjoy 21 km of this fabled trail in the Maple Ridge area.
Another great walking trail that is available to all skill levels is the Kanaka Creek Riverfront Trail. It is located on the shores of the Fraser River and provides excellent opportunities for bird watching. The gorgeous footpath is popular with dog walkers and provides nice views of Kanaka Creek. It is a 2.5 km year round trail and has a difficulty rating of easy.
These are just a few of the many great trails that abound in the Maple Ridge area. These accessible outdoor experiences and their proximity to the city are all great reasons as to why Maple Ridge is an amazing place to call home.
Besides the welcoming neighbourhood feel and affordability of real estate, the wide array of outdoor activities at your doorstep is why so many people choose Maple Ridge. Come and experience this unique and enriching lifestyle for yourself and see why Maple Ridge is the perfect place to call home!